Los Angeles — Responding for the first time to the allegations of rape or sexual assault by six of his former students, Bikram Choudhury in an exclusive interview with CNN said he wanted to set the record straight.
"I want to show you," he said, "tell the truth to the world, that I never assaulted them."
Choudhury repeatedly denied sexually assaulting anyone, saying he would never resort to physical aggression to have sex because he has so many offers.
"Women like me. Women love me," he said. "So if I really wanted to involve the women, I don't have to assault the women."
He said he feels sorry for his accusers, claiming they've been manipulated by lawyers to lie.
"I have nothing against them. I don't think they're bad people. It's not them saying that," he said. "They are influenced by somebody,” he says in the CNN interview.
Although the six women have come forward with civil lawsuits claiming Choudhury raped them, the Los Angeles Police Department, without explanation, has declined to pursue criminal charges in the cases, reports CNN.
Choudhury repeatedly denied assaulting his accusers or ever having consensual sex with them. "I have no intention to have sex with any of my students or any women," said Choudhury, who said he's been married to his wife for more than 30 years.
Robert Tafoya, Choudhury's attorney, said there are plenty of reasons to doubt the accusers' claims.
"We know for a fact that these claims allegedly occurred years and years and years ago, and nobody ever came forward," he said.
"And yet, after this lawyer sends out these kinds of blasts in social media asking people if they've been a victim of Bikram Choudhury, all of a sudden these people come forward and all have very similar claims."
Choudhury vowed to clear his name. But he said the damage has already been done to his family.